During an earnings call on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the end game for their relationship with Netflix.
Over the past couple of years, Netflix subscribers have been able to stream new Disney movies a few months after their theatrical debut. It’s been awesome seeing some of the biggest movies of the year available for streaming not too long after we saw them in the theater (recent examples include Incredibles 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story).
But the glory days are about to come to an end — unless you sign up for Disney+. Beginning with Captain Marvel, new Disney movies will be skipping Netflix and heading for the Mouse House’s soon-to-launch streaming competitor, which is expected to open later this year.
The exclusivity to Disney+ applies worldwide. No matter where you currently stream Disney movies, you can expect them to only be available on Disney+ beginning with Captain Marvel. (That said, you will still be able to buy digital copies of individual movies.)
Iger also told investors they can expect to get a look at Disney+ this April during a special event. In addition to providing investors with a glimpse of the user interface, we’re hopeful Disney will use the same event to unveil the price and initial content line-up.
The Disney movies that are currently on Netflix are expected to slowly disappear from the streamer’s catalog as Disney+ approaches. But the latter won’t only consist of movies and shows we’ve already seen — the studio is also working on several exclusives, including a live-action Star Wars show and numerous Marvel shows.
Given Disney’s ownership of so many huge studios (Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Disney Animation), it’ll be hard to resist shelling out a few bucks a month for Disney+. Frankly, I can’t wait. *Take All My Money Meme*